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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Witch Dr. Head Shrinkers Kit from Pressman (1960s)

Is your child an aspiring witch doctor? Complete with a bag of “powdered flesh”, The Witch Dr. Head Shrinkers Kit from Pressman is exactly what they need for their apprenticeship!

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Pong FacTOYd

Pong was the first sports arcade video game. It was introduced in 1972 by Atari.

Atari Video Computer System (1977)

Released in September 1977, the Atari Video Computer System (VCS) was one of the earliest video game systems and is widely credited with helping lay the foundation for what would become a multi-billion-dollar industry.

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The Friday Five: Elizabeth Kondruss

For avid collectors, the process of collecting isn’t always an easy one. From acquiring items to cataloging, displaying, and storing items, collecting is serious business. Ottawa-area collector, Elizabeth Kondruss, knows a lot about this. As a long-time collector of Barbie and Barbie-branded objects, she knows more than most about how serious a business collecting is for some…. Read more »

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Blaze from Mattel (1961)

Released in 1961, Blaze was a rocking-horse toy from Mattel that appeared to gallop when it was rocked back and forth.

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Clue FacTOYd

Clue: The Movie was the first film based on a board game.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings

Over the course of 144 pages, author Brian Heiler has paid tribute to an oft-forgotten niche of off-brand, easily breakable, and ultimately disposable plastic toys that were typically available in supermarket checkout lines, variety stores, and pharmacy shelves.

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The Friday Five: Paul “Yogi” Granger

In the age of console-gaming, what brings people out to play vintage arcade games? I talk with Paul “Yogi” Granger of Ottawa’s House of TARG about pinball, perogies and more!

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Bubbl-Matic from Kenner

Bubble-based toys were some of Kenner Products’ earliest sales successes. One of its most popular offerings, the Bubble-Matic, was a plastic gun (available in red or blue) that shot bubbles with every squeeze of its trigger.

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